Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

#IAMCHLOES Opens in Boystown


Visited Chloe's its opening night. Yes, it did have the 80's club vibe going on. All the servers were in white tees and black suspenders. The men and the women. Very cute. DJ was working his ass off and the drag queens were #werking up a storm.

Did it feel much different from the old Spin? To this non-club gay, nope. Will the straight owners have any affect on the clientele or bar vibe? Highly doubt it.

Welcome, I say!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

2014 Tony Award Nominees & Personal Picks

Best Play 
All The Way
Best Musical 
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Best Revival of a Play 
The Glass Menagerie
Best Revival of a Musical 
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Book of a Musical 
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder - Robert L. Freedman
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre 
The Bridges of Madison County - Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play 
Bryan Cranston - All The Way
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play 
Audra McDonald - Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical 
Neil Patrick Harris - Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical 
Jessie Mueller - Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play 
Reed Birney - Casa Valentina
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play 
Celia Keenan-Bolger - The Glass Menagerie
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical 
James Monroe Iglehart - Aladdin
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical 
Lena Hall - Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Scenic Design of a Play 
Beowulf Borritt - Act One
Best Scenic Design of a Musical 
Alexander Dodge - A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Best Costume Design of a Play 
Jenny Tiramani - Twelfth Night
Best Costume Design of a Musical 
Linda Cho - A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Best Lighting Design of a Play 
Natasha Katz - The Glass Menagerie
Best Lighting Design of a Musical 
Christopher Akerlind - Rocky
Best Sound Design of a Play 
Steve Canyon Kennedy - Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
Best Sound Design of a Musical 
Tim O'Heir - Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Direction of a Play 
John Tiffany - The Glass Menagerie
Best Direction of a Musical 
Darko Tresnjak - A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Best Choreography 
Warren Carlyle - After Midnight
Best Orchestrations 
Jason Robert Brown - The Bridges of Madison County

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

#ProudAtMarys Pride Cabaret in Andersonville

The Brown Paper Box Co.
presents

PROUD AT MARY'S:
A June Cabaret

an evening of Pride-based stories and songs


Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, 2014
Mary's Attic in Andersonville

Following our successful run of William Finn's A New Brain, we're thrilled to announce our next cabaret series: PROUD AT MARY'S: A June Cabaret. Ticketing information for this evening of Pride-based stories and songs can be found at www.brownpaperbox.org. Tickets on sale now!

It's Pride month 2014 and The Brown Paper Box Co. is ready to celebrate! PROUD AT MARY'S emphasizes taking pride in our identities and sharing our personal stories during such a monumental month in Illinois—June 1st being the first day every county in the state will recognize same-sex marriages. PROUD AT MARY’S is a mix of pop songs, show tunes, personal monologues, and stories about being gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, and straight.

"After the successes of our first two cabarets in Wicker Park, we wanted to bring a brand new show to Andersonville," says Brown Paper Box Co. executive director and show coordinator M. William Panek. "Musical Director Justin Harner and I are working with amazingly gracious past Brown Paper Box Co. participants to form a touching and fun evening of personal insight and killer musical numbers."

The set list is comprised of surprise song selections from Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lippa, Carole King, Stephen Schwartz, and more ... as well as original numbers! Tickets for the 7:30 P.M.  performances on 6/13 and 6/14 are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Additional information is posted at www.BrownPaperBox.org.

The cast includes Jeanne T. Arrigo (Godspell, The Brown Paper Box Co.; Eastland, Lookingglass Theatre), Johnny Kyle Cook (A New Brain, The Brown Paper Box Co.; Folk Bound, Duplicity Ensemble), Pamela Mae Davis (Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls, The Brown Paper Box Co.; Miss Marx, Strawdog Theatre Company), Megan Ensley (Godspell and 2012's Reefer Madness!, The Brown Paper Box Co.), Justin Harner* (A New Brain and Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls, The Brown Paper Box Co.; The Voodoo Chalk Circle, The State Theatre), David Lipschutz* (The Birds [currently u/s], Hell in a Handbag; The Glorious Ones, Illinois Theatre Center), M. William Panek* (A New Brain, Godspell, To Tree, The Brown Paper Box Co.), Stephanie Rohr* (Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls and Godspell, The Brown Paper Box Co; La Boheme, OperaUpClose), Anna Schutz* (A New Brain, Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls, and Reefer Madness!, The Brown Paper Box Co.; Circle Mirror Transformation, Oil Lamp Theatre), Nick Shoda* ( A New Brain and Godspell, The Brown Paper Box Co.; Pacific Overtures, Porchlight), and Daniel Spagnuolo* (Godspell and A New Brain, The Brown Paper Box Co.; How to Succeed..., Porchlight).

Justin Harner is the evening's pianist and musical director. M. William Panek serves as the evening's host. Original poster design by Charlie Sheets*

*Denotes Brown Paper Box Co. company member.